The first institutional show of A. R. Penck in the UK since 1984, this exhibition focuses on the recurrent motif of the stick man figure through a selection of works created between the 1970s and 1990. These years reflect a key period in the artist's career, as he travelled between East and West Germany, with stations in Britain and Ireland.
An autodidact born in Dresden, East Germany, A. R. Penck rejected the official Social Realism, preferring an individual form of expressionism. After being denied entry into the Dresden Art Academy, he became a dissident artist, working underground under various pseudonyms and smuggling his works to West Germany for exhibitions, before emigrating to West Berlin in 1980.
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Photo credits: Exhibition views of A.R. Penck, I think in pictures, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2019 © Estate of A.R. Penck. Courtesy Ashmolean Museum. Video credits: courtesy Ashmolean Museum, CC BY-SA 3.0